130 years ago today - Apr 12, 1890

[John T. Caine telegraph:] 'Bill introduced by Cullom yesterday to make Idaho test oath applicable to Utah territory. Judge Wilson wants your views whether it is deemed best to resist passage of the bill to disfranchise. Do not want to make contest that will be unwise, but ready to act upon SA [?] line as you think best. Please answer quickly.'

[Reply:] 'Telegraph received. What reasons can there be for not fighting Cullom's bill. Our policy always has been to resist everything of this character.' [The Idaho Test Oath required voters to testify they were neither polygamists, nor members of an organization that promoted polygamy]

[First Presidency Office Journal, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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